Running Logstash as a Service on Debian or RPMedit

Logstash is not started automatically after installation. How to start and stop Logstash depends on whether your system uses systemd, upstart, or SysV.

Here are some common operating systems and versions, and the corresponding startup styles they use. This list is intended to be informative, not exhaustive.


Service System

Ubuntu 16.04 and newer


Ubuntu 12.04 through 15.10


Debian 8 "jessie" and newer


Debian 7 "wheezy" and older


CentOS (and RHEL) 7 and newer


CentOS (and RHEL) 6


Running Logstash by Using Systemdedit

Distributions like Debian Jessie, Ubuntu 15.10+, and many of the SUSE derivatives use systemd and the systemctl command to start and stop services. Logstash places the systemd unit files in /etc/systemd/system for both deb and rpm. After installing the package, you can start up Logstash with:

sudo systemctl start logstash.service

Running Logstash by Using Upstartedit

For systems that use upstart, you can start Logstash with:

sudo initctl start logstash

The auto-generated configuration file for upstart systems is /etc/init/logstash.conf.

Running Logstash by Using SysVedit

For systems that use SysV, you can start Logstash with:

sudo /etc/init.d/logstash start

The auto-generated configuration file for SysV systems is /etc/init.d/logstash.